Covert operations in Australia were directed by the head of Operational Security for Asia Pacific, Avigail Gutman.
Operational Security, headed by Hasak, Ray Adams in Europe, former US Army intelligence officer John Norris in the US, and Avigail Gutman in Asia, quickly gained a reputation for handling complex criminal investigations, using more than 20 informants and undercover agents and executing "stings" on pirate groups, often working with law enforcement agencies.
"Hello Gentlemen, we've now managed to write to an Australian Irdeto card using the s/w [software] I got from Joyce," Avigail Gutman
wrote to her boss Hasak and to Ray Adams in London, on May 29, 1999.
said the new pirate cards by Adams' contact could "be to our benefit if these came out on the market first".
was proposing to sell the Operational Security pirate card before the real pirate card could be distributed.
"Andy this is great stuff," Gutman
emailed back from Taiwan.
"WE WILL NOT USE THE ONES AT FOXTEL," Gutman
So the pirate codes that Gutman
planned to use on Foxtel cards came from a piracy site run by Operational Security
, the company making the Irdeto system, and arranged for Deubel
to be arrested in Thailand.
Just five weeks after engineering an arrest for piracy in Thailand, Avigail Gutman
was planning to use Australian hackers to promote piracy in neighbouring Malaysia.
Gutman herself wrote: "Rest assured we are NOT doing any joint action with Irdeto in OZ.
This would clash with our business interests (we are currently negotiating a simulcrypt solution for the satellite and the digital-cable there, and other broadcasters might show interest, too.
are not aware of this yet, as far as I know.)"
Thus while Irdeto
believed they were collaborating with NDS Operational Security to stop piracy in Australia, Gutman
was now working to replace Irdeto
with an NDS card used by StarTV in Hong Kong.
While Operational Security was assuring Curle at Irdeto that it was in his best interest not to move against Cottle, Gutman was focused on the need for Cottle to produce a new hack of Irdeto.
was now proposing to send the Astro pirate box to Bond 007 to distract him from working on pirating StarTV.
These two emails by Gutman
were exhibits in the 2008 Echostar case in California.
In his 2008 court testimony, Reuven Hasak described Gutman
as his "right hand" in Operational Security
, but said the Astro plan was never executed.
"I wanted to tell you that maybe -I just wanted to say that maybe it was initiative of Ms Gutman
," Hasak testified.
Yet the emails show Gutman
continued to act as if her
scheme to get the Astro Seca box to Bond 007 was going ahead.
"Fact is-the StarTV platform has all the holes of the Sky Latin America platform," she
wrote on November 2.
was pressing for the loopholes to be closed "and once this happens, and their Ozies get their hands on a Seca box, it may delay their NDS
On October 29, Cottle had received an email from "George Miller"(not his
real name) in Melbourne, who said he
had been given Cottle's email address on Thoic by a business associate, "Scissors".
"I have been led to believe there is a business opportunity for us to explore," George said.
"This is my guy," Gutman
wrote when Adams obtained the email from Thoic.
George and Scissors were both informants working for Gutman
wrote of a meeting with a StarTV exec: "I told Sue that she
can/should forcefully deny any allegations of a Sky hack, should these come up."
was contemptuous of the skills of Australian hackers: "They cannot produce a hack on their own - AT ALL!!!
By March 2000 Gutman
reported that Bond's group was working on hacking European pirate cards for Irdeto
, which could be reprogrammed to pirate Foxtel
made arrangements with Adams to obtain 20 to 30 of the European cards for Cottle: "Blank would be great.
"Much appreciated," Gutman
"The idea being, of course, to delay their attempts to tamper with our StarTV system."
By mid-2000 Gutman's
relations with Irdeto
were breaking down, as Foxtel
Satellite moved to broadcast streams using NDS as well as Irdeto
(known as simulcrypt).
But for Operational Security
, the answer was to drop Irdeto
"I met with NELL aka Mary-Ellen Payne from Foxtell," Gutman
complained to Adams on February 25, 2001 that Foxtel
had not paid a penny for security in the years it had been an NDS customer, and said "but with the growing piracy down there, we will need them to start paying . . ."